what do you mean it’s the end of the world again?!

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I feel I would be remiss if I did not address the earlier doomsday predictions of the Mayan apocalypse. Of course, it has come and gone and we are still here. But still, I thought now would be a good time to address why we are still here.

So for starters, who were the Mayans? The ancient Mayans were central American peoples that occupied parts of present day Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador. Their earliest settlements date back to 1800 B.C. But their classical period was between 250-900 A.D. At their peak, there were over 2 million Mayas. Today, there are still descendents of the Maya scattered among those same countries preserving the culture and speaking many different Mayan languages. *warning – future blog post – learning Mayan words*

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courtesy of cagle.com

The Mayan Long Count calendar was one of three calendars the Mayans used. December 21st, 2012 marked the end of the 13th Baktun in the Mayan Long Count calendar. The Maya divided this calendar into 13 ages, or Baktuns, each consisting of 144,000 days. Smaller cycles included the k’atun (7,200 days), tun (360 days), uinal (20 days) and kin (one day). The coming of each new Baktun was not feared, but celebrated by the people. The question, of course, remains, why did the Mayans not finish the calendar?

courtesy of bizarrocomics.com

courtesy of bizarrocomics.com

Archeologists have insisted that there is nothing in this date that suggests an apocalypse. Some people believe the numbers in the date were considered divine; therefore, indicating that a significant change was expected to befall Earth. While other people have proposed that the Maya simply did not get around to adding any further ages to the calendar before their civilization collapsed. Whatever their reason, it continues to remain a mystery to us.

However, the doomsday date has brought extra interest in Mayan culture, the ancient Mayan civilization and the plight of current Mayans who are the second largest ethnic group in Mexico. As well as, upped the tourist ante!! Many Mayans, Mexicans and tourists, not to mention expats, embraced the coming date as the start of a new phase or a new beginning. It’s always nice to clean the slate and start fresh. We could learn something from the ancient Mayans! Plus it makes a great t-shirt –

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courtesy of dobrador.com


9 thoughts on “what do you mean it’s the end of the world again?!

  1. Reblogged this on howdoyousaytacoinspanish and commented:

    A year ago today, it was rumoured the world was going to end. I had some misgivings about the actual end of the world, but I was definitely nearing the end of my time in Mexico. Plus I was deathly ill last year around this time. I had a bronchitis infection that left me immobile in bed for 36 hours. I think I got up once to eat some toast, drink some water, and visit the facilities.! Which at any other time of the year would have been awful enough, but my friend D. was visiting from Chicago with a friend. And I didn’t see him for those full 36 hours. Luckily, Playa del Carmen has much to offer in the way of entertainment, so he probably only missed me a little 🙂
    However, I do have to say that if someone had told me on December 21st, 2012, how much my life would be different one year later.!! I would never have believed them.! And I would have told them to stop smoking whatever it was they were smoking.! But dear reader, it’s true.! So many changes in the span of one small year including the fact that the world did not end.! So during this hectic holiday season, to honor today’s winter solstice, and the Mayan apocalyse prediction – I offer you one of my very early posts. See you for Tecate mañana..!!

      • In a way it’s kind of sad. I feel like if humans were that brilliant that long ago we should have progressed a lot more by now. It’s ridiculous that we’re still so archaic in many ways (racism, sexism, animal abuse). Seriously humans, WHAT IS TAKING SO LONG! GET IT TOGETHER!

      • Yes, I agree with you. It’s kinda like two steps forward and one step back all the time.! At least we’ve given up on human sacrifice.! That’s a small win 🙂

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